'''Samford University''' is a private, coeducational university located in Homewood, Alabama
, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama|Birmingham
In 1841, the university was founded as '''Howard College'''.
Samford University is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.
Samford University is Alabama's top-ranked private university. The university enrolls 4,933 students from 44 states and 25 countries.
[ Samford University has been nationally ranked for academic programs, value and affordability by ''Kiplinger's Personal Finance'', The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction.] [
File:Samford University2.jpg|right|300px|thumb|Bird's-eye view of the campus ]